How Holm Beating Rousey Led To UFC 219
At UFC 193, not only did the fate of Ronda Rousey change, but so did the fate of Cris Cyborg.
“I think when Ronda fought Holly, everyone said after she beats Holly, you’re going to fight Cyborg,” said Cyborg, who defends her UFC featherweight title against the woman that defeated Rousey, Holly Holm on December 30th in the main event of UFC 219 in Las Vegas.
“She doesn’t think about Holly first. She already think about to accept fight with me. I think you have to think about each fight, you cannot think about already beating someone you haven’t fight yet. I think everyone was speaking of it before it happened.”
While watching the Rousey-Holm fight, Cyborg realized how her future hung in the balance.
“I was prepared to fight Ronda,” Cyborg said. “I was prepared for that. And then before the fight, a couple minutes before, I go in the restroom by myself and I bow down on my knee and I pray, and I said God knows I want to fight Ronda, but I leave it in your hands. Who is going win the fight [is up to] you, if Ronda, Ronda lose, if Holly lose, Holly lose, but I know its in your hands.”
From there Tate defeated Holm for the bantamweight title, the addition of a featherweight title, Holm losing to Germaine de Randamie, who would abdicate the belt which would end up in the hands of Cyborg.
From there, after some very public prodding from the champion, both Holm and Cyborg are set to meet as Rousey becomes the footnote to a what could have been scenario for Cyborg.
“That day, Holly beat Ronda,” Cyborg said. “And this changes everything. I said I don’t know now if I keep training to fight Ronda, or I keep training for fight with Holly, and this is my opportunity. That day, me and Holly are going to face off, I already knew that.”